Gigs at a Glance













The Interview That Never Was 

Interview with Ron DeKett from the The Herald-Palladium newspaper in St. Joseph, MI, regarding performing at the South Haven Jazz Festival last September.  It never got printed, so here it is.

RD:  What does the vibraphone bring to jazz that others instruments don’t?

JC:  The vibes is a relatively new instrument developed in the late 1920s in Chicago.  What's nice about the vibes is that it can be either a lead instrument or an accompanying instrument like a piano or guitar.  I get to do both in my group…

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The City Was Yellow Fakebook 

My tune, "Mallethead," which was recorded on Delmark's 1992 recording, "Nutville," was included in the first ever Chicago Jazz fakebook entitled, "The City Was Yellow, Chicago Jazz and Improvised music 1980-2010."  Many Chicago musician/composers are included and I'm honored to be a part.


Jim Cooper and Nexus at Jazz Festival 

 Jim Cooper and Nexus explores the more contemporary side of jazz with a quartet of vibes, sax, bass and drums and will be performing at the 2019 South Haven Jazz Festival in downtown South Haven, Michigan.

In the group with me is saxist Derek Brown, bassist Nick Calandro and drummer Randy Marsh.  I am trying to write some new music for the group along with tunes by Ornette Coleman, Derek Brown and others.  Stay tuned and I hope people come to check us out.


Randy Marsh, Nick Calandro, Derek Brown and…

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Jeff Haas CD Release 

April CD release party for Jeff Haas and friends. So much fun and the jazz coffee is always great.

Miriam Pico, Laurie Sear, Lisa Flahive, Jeff Haas, Jack Dryden, Nancy Stagnita, Don Julan, Jim Cooper and Randy Marsh



Bill Heid 


Got to play with one of my favorite organists, Bill Heid.  Thanks Randy Marsh for bringing him into the Speakeasy.  What a great time.


Interview on WNMC-FM 

Eric Hines of WNMC, Traverse City, interviews Jim about his latest CD, Make Someone Happy and his upcoming gig with Jeff Haas.


New CD, Make Someone Happy 

Jim's new CD is out!  Make Someone Happy features legendary multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan for over an hour of jazz standards in front of a live audience. Recorded in 2000, it also features pianist Bob Dogan, bassist Dan Delorenzo and drummer Joe Grass.